A message from Pastor Jeremy of Reality LA about the flooding in Houston and practical ways to respond to our sister city.

Church family,
All our hearts are heavy about the ongoing flooding in Houston. The fourth largest city in America is experiencing what is being called “worst than the worst case scenario.” Devastatingly, the waters still may be rising and there are many left waiting to be rescued. How can we respond?

First, we can pray. Let’s be a people who look to God, believing that God is sovereign and good. Here are several ways to pray:

  • Pray that the waters would rise no more. We believe God is the sovereign maker of heaven and earth who calmed the sea with a word. Let’s ask that God would hold back the rain and give respite to this devastated city.
  • Pray for those still waiting to be rescued. At this point, many of those trapped are the most vulnerable people and are in desperate need of being rescued.
  • Pray for those helping with the recovery: government leaders, response teams, and non-profit organizations. Pray for wisdom, unity, and courage as they work together for the common good.
  • Pray for the churches in Houston, that God would strengthen them during this time to show God’s care and protection for others in the city. Pray that even in this darkness the good news of God’s grace in Christ would shine forth.

Second, consider giving financially to a trustworthy organization that is present in Houston and part of the work of rescue and recovery. Reality LA has partnered over the years with one of those organizations – Samaritan’s Purse – and certainly consider them good stewards of any donations. To donate to Samaritan’s Purse specifically for the work in Houston, you can go here.

May we lament the tragedy of what is happening in Houston and yet look to our God with great confidence and hope. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).